Cross-country comparisons of inattentive, hyperactive and impulsive behaviour in school-based samples of young children

This paper uses the Rasch measurement model to analyse data collected on children's attention, activity and impulsiveness at the end of their first year at school by teachers in England, Scotland and Australia. The analysis offers insights into differences in teachers' perceptions of children's behaviour between countries and changes with age. The analysis of large school-based samples from three countries (approximately 2,500 children per country) indicated that the Scottish teachers perceived the behaviour of their pupils as more problematic than teachers in Australia and England. The reasons for this are not clear but it raises issues for researchers wishing to compare behaviour characteristics internationally. Possible ways forward are discussed.

International Research in Early Childhood Education, vol. 4, no. 1, p. 1-17